Thanksgiving Weekend Events include Boating Excursions, Alligators and More!

BLACK FRIDAY NOV 25
FAMILY BOATING EXCURSION

Avoid the shopping madness by taking a cruise into the waters surrounding St. Augustine for a tour you’ll be talking about in years to come. Passionate Captains explain marine wildlife behavior.  Underwater microphones make for a unique experience as you listen for dolphins, snapping shrimp & more!  $35/Adults, $30/Kids 3-12. (There’s also a Thanksgiving Day Eco Tour.) Call St. Augustine Eco Tours today at 904-377-7245. www.staugustineecotours.com  
THANKSGIVING GOES WILD
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will continue the city’s wildest Thanksgiving tradition with Thanksgiving-themed feeding sessions and special holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day and Friday for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Goes Wild. Maximo will leap for a turkey dinner, alligators will enjoy a special poultry feast, tortoises will munch on winter squash, and much more.  This year, guests will even be invited to design and create enrichment devices for the animals. Call 904.824.3337  

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY NOV 25-27

TOUR DE CHOCOLATE
Join City Walks on the brand new Tour de Chocolate every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:00 noon for a 2-hour fantastic journey into the world of Chocolate. From the Aztecs and Mayans to Europe via the Spanish Conquistadors, explore the history and indulge yourself in the wonderful world of CHOCOLATE. The tour is 2 hours long and includes all tastes and samplings, and a VERY special take home gift of chocolates. All ages welcome, Adults are $36 and Children under 10 are $25, per person. Reservations are required and are available for online reservations/purchase, where guests will save $2 per person. Make your reservation now at http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com or call904.377.8234
SUNSET SAIL
See the sparkling Nights of Lights from the beautiful deck of the Schooner Freedom on these special daily sunset sails. The Schooner Freedom departs daily from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. for 2 hours, will feature the illumination of the city. Rates are $45 per adults, kids 2-12 are $35, under 2 sails free, we provide complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water. Call 904.810.1010

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOV 25-26

CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA

Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a Christmas tree in the “Court of Lions”, decorated in the Villa’s traditional red and gold and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s.  Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Then the guided candlelight tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free (not recommended for children under 3).  Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. For more information, visit www.villaZoryada.com or call 904.829.9887.


NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CARRIAGE AND HOLIDAY WINE TOUR
Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the spectacular light displays while indulging in delicious boutique wines!  Lights, Carriage and Holiday ‘Cheer’!  These special tours depart from 6 Granada Street at 6 pm, 7:30 pm and 9 pm on Monday through Saturday through January 31..  Tickets are $49 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, visitwww.TheTastingTours.com, text or call 904.325-3911.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOV 26-27


46TH ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival takes place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.  
   
WINTER WONDERLAND AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Bring the whole family to enjoy St. Augustine’s Winter Wonderland which features a real ice skating rink, ice slide, Elf Express train rides, The Elf Village, sleigh rides and SNOW!  There are even scheduled visits from Santa.  Adults are welcome to relax and enjoy refreshments in the Igloo Lounge (21 and up only). St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours are November 26 through December 16, Monday through Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m..; and December 17 through January 1 from 2 to 10 p.m. daily except Christmas Day (5 – 10 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve (noon to 5 p.m.) Admission is free with activity participation fees.   For more information, call 904.209.0367 or visit www.WinterWonderlandFlorida.com.  

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.  The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263 

 EMMA CONCERT SERIES: WOLFGANG DAVID & DAVID GOMPPER
Enjoy a musical presentation by international violin recitalist Wolgang David and pianist/composer David Gompper at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visitwww.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.


SUNDAY NOV 27

LINCOLNVILLE FARMER’S MARKET
Get fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewelry, delicious lunch selections and family fun at downtown St. Augustine’s new Lincolnville Farmer’s Market.  Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — turn south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and follow it to the market behind the Galimore Center.